Greek Seamen Call September 3 Strike

Greek officials express concern over the decision by the PNO seamen’s federation to call a 24-hour strike for September 3 as the tourism season is still in full swing.

Ferry companies are urging crews to call off their strike amid concerns that thousands of travelers will be left stranded in popular Greek islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.

PNO has broken off talks with employers associations after its demands for better pay and improved conditions of work were rejected.

Ferry companies said Tuesday that 180,000 people have booked to travel by ferry on the day of the strike.

They said in a statement that due to the busy season, operators will be unable to reschedule their ferry timetables and warned that tourists trapped on islands will miss their flights home.